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Amazing Big Dog Breeds

Updated on August 31, 2014

Leonberger Quick Stats

Height: 2'1 - 2'7 at the shoulder

Weight: 120 - 170 lbs.

Life Span: 10-12 years

Caucasian Ovcharka Quick Stats

Height: 2'1 - 2'4 at the shoulder

Weight: 100 - 180 lbs

Life Span: 10 - 11 years

Big dogs are one of my absolute favorite things in the world. There is absolutely NOTHING better than cuddling up on the couch with a bear-sized canine. If you have been thinking about getting your very own or are just curious about why these big dogs would even be useful - take a look at this list.

1. Leonbergers - The little-known Leonberger is an EXTREMELY friendly dog who tends to love everyone; and that does mean everyone. These babies generally aren't very good guard dogs because if someone breaks in to your house, the biggest danger to the intruder is getting licked to death. That being said, the Leonberger is also very intelligent and perceptive and tends to pick up emotional cues from his family. They can become very agitated when the owner has had a bad day or during a family quarrel and very excited on holidays or during family gatherings.

2. Caucasian Ovcharka - Even less well-known, the Caucasian Ovcharka is known as a worker. This dog is very loving, noble and chivalrous. They typically have an immense sense of duty and are very eager to please their owners. While they are loyal and love to be with their people, they are also extremely independent, and thus require a strong-willed owner who will take the time to train them well. These dogs aren't the most friendly breed and tend to be suspicious, although not hostile, toward strangers. This makes them excellent watchdogs. They have been known to protect children, adults, and even cats that they consider family, but have a tendency to attack pretty much anything or anyone else if it feels like there is a threat. Owners of this type of dog need to be experienced and willing to train their puppy from an early age.

Leonberger - Fully Grown
Leonberger - Fully Grown
Caucasian Ovcharka Puppy
Caucasian Ovcharka Puppy

English Mastiff Quick Stats

Height: 2'4 - 2'8 at the shoulder

Weight: 175 - 200 lbs

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

3. English Mastiff - The English Mastiff is a pretty well-known dog breed, and they are absolutely adorable. Rumor has it that these dogs were originally used in war over 2,000 years ago, but they are typically anything but vicious. In fact, English Mastiffs are well known for being gentle giants who are extremely loyal to and protective of their owners. Today, they are often used as family guard dogs. Be careful if you decide to adopt one of these big boys though, they are known to be lazy and stubborn if not properly trained.

Tibetan Mastiff

Red Haired Tibetan Mastiff Puppy
Red Haired Tibetan Mastiff Puppy

TIbetan Mastiff Quick Stats

Height: 2'2 - 2'8 at the shoulders

Weight: 140 - 170 lbs

Life Span: 13 - 15 years

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4. Tibetan Mastiff - The Tibetan Mastiff is my personal favorite. These gigantic dogs have hair that strongly resembles a lion's mane. They are typically very dignified, but love to cuddle with their families. These dogs aren't the most sociable animals, especially when it comes to other dogs. In fact, it is pretty well-known among breed lovers that the Tibetan Mastiff will typically take a snooty, aloof attitude toward other dogs and strangers. Although it has an innate sense of protectiveness and loyalty to its owner, the Tibetan Mastiff definitely requires some training in order to hone its skills.

Newfoundland Quick Stats

Height: 2'3 - 2'7 at the shoulders

Weight: 100 - 150 lbs

Life Span: 8 - 10 years

5. Newfoundland - The Newfoundland is another dog breed that is pretty commonly known. These babies are huge and gentle - much like the English Mastiff. What makes this breed different from the others is their ability to swim long distances without much of a struggle and their life-saving instincts in the water. They have been credited with saving hundreds of lives over the past couple of centuries. Due to their natural instincts to save lives, this breed is usually very easily trained. They are also very, very friendly by nature and love to be surrounded by other animals and people.


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      3 years ago

      Nice hub there , I really like giant dog breeds , I have personal experience with the Caucasian Ovcharka (Caucasian Shepherd) , and it's a great dog breed, very protective and caring! Thank you for the hub.

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      4 years ago from australia

      ashlee0406 Hi. Thanks for all this information on these large breed dogs, of which I knew little about until reading your hub. They are all beautiful and would make you feel safe and be such a joy to have in your/our family.Thumbs up. :) :)


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